TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A Greencastle man will be sentenced in April after pleading guilty to a charge of attempted murder. Jeffrey Hunter, 50, will be sentenced on April 12th in Putnam Circuit Court.
According to on-line court records, Hunter signed a plea agreement where he agreed to plead guilty to attempted murder. His other charges of theft, resisting law enforcement, battery by means of a deadly weapon, and aggravated battery were dismissed. Attempted murder is a Level One felony under Indiana law.
The charges stem from a shooting incident that happened in December of 2016. Police in Putnam County were looking for Hunter, who was suspected of stealing from a Greencastle tractor supply company. Officer Luke Brown of the Cloverdale Police Department was among the officers who confronted Hunter at his home on East County Road 375 South.
It's during that confrontation police say Hunter shot Brown in his bulletproof vest, which may have saved Brown's life. This allowed Brown to return fire, striking Hunter in the chest. Brown's mother told News 10 her son then administered first aid on Hunter while paramedics were en route.